XBP1 activates the transcription of its target genes via an ACGT core sequence under ER stress

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Program in Gene Function and Expression; Program in Molecular Medicine

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Base Sequence; DNA; DNA-Binding Proteins; Endoplasmic Reticulum; Hela Cells; Humans; Molecular Sequence Data; Nuclear Proteins; Promoter Regions, Genetic; Transcription Factors; Transcription, Genetic


Genetics and Genomics


In mammals, the transmembrane protein kinase/endoribonuclease IRE1 is activated by endoplasmic reticulum stress and subsequently processes XBP1 mRNA to generate an active form of XBP1 protein. The spliced form of XBP1 protein acts as a transcription factor and induces the expression of ER-resident molecular chaperones. However, the mechanism for how XBP1 promotes the transcription of its target genes as well as the cis-acting elements for XBP1 during ER stress has been unclear. Recently, it was demonstrated that the expression of MDG1/ERdj4, a member of the DnaJ family, is regulated by the IRE1-XBP1 pathway. In the present report, we investigated the regulatory mechanisms of MDG1/ERdj4 gene expression by XBP1. We identified a cis-acting element in the MDG1/ERdj4 promoter region, to which XBP1 specifically binds in response to ER stress. Our results reveal a target sequence for the IRE1-XBP1 pathway under ER stress conditions.

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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Jun 17;331(4):1146-53. Link to article on publisher's site

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Biochemical and biophysical research communications

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